After avocado, we moved on to some veggies. While they take a bit more work than peeling and mashing an avocado or banana, it is still a pretty quick and easy process. So, for those of you thinking about maybe making your own food, I thought I'd share how I do it.
Today I made up a batch of green beans. The key to making baby food is to make enough to freeze and store, that way you aren't making it every day. I make food on Sundays, as part of my "prep for the week" chores that I do anyway.
Babies R Us sells a bunch of food storage containers. The ones I use aren't listed on their website, but I also have some of these Annabel Karmel BPA free containers. Both sets are great because you can freeze them and then pop them right in the microwave.
To make baby food, you'll need a food processor or something similar. I use our Bella Cucina blender, a spin-off of the Magic Bullet. There are also neat baby food processors out there, but I personally don't think its necessary to spend the money if you already have some sort of processing device and a way to cook and steam veggies.
When choosing vegetables to puree, you can choose fresh or frozen. I personally think that frozen are easier, and frozen veggies actually hold their nutritional value better than fresh. But, either way works. Today I'm using frozen green beans.
Cook the beans according to the package directions. I boil water, add the beans, bring them back to a boil, cover, and let them simmer until tender, about 7-10 minutes.
When they are tender, drain them well.
Add the beans to your food processor. I add just a little bit of water to help thin the puree. You'll know the consistency is right if it moves around once its pureed. Make sure there aren't any chunks. If it's too thick, just add a bit more water until you have it right.
Add the pureed veggies to your containers, label, and freeze! I put about a tablespoon in each container, but obviously the amount will be adjusted as Molly grows and eats more.
How easy is that? The frozen food will last for a maximum of 3 months, which is great, because you can really start to build variety in your freezer!
When you're ready to serve, just pop a container in the microwave (30-45 seconds depending on the food), put into a little dish, and serve 'em up! We tried peas today, and they were a hit!
I'll post more baby food "how to's" as Molly start's eating more and more. Give it a try, and feel free to post any tips you may have as well!